About the Foundation
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The Cupertino Library Foundation
The Cupertino Library Foundation was established at the request of the Cupertino City Council in 1994 at a time when the library system was experiencing severe budget cuts. The Council asked two Library Commissioners, Allan Bidwell and Charles Liggett, to gather board members and establish a foundation to match the requested funds from the City to maintain Library hours, to continue the purchase of books, and to raise funds for the Library.
The organizational meeting of the Foundation was held on January 26, 1994, where Edward Jajko was elected the first Board President. The Friends of the Cupertino Library loaned the start-up money needed to process the application for tax-exempt status and the start up costs of the nonprofit Foundation.
The Cupertino Library Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization. Its stated purpose is to raise money to enhance the Cupertino Library. The Foundation seeks major donations from corporations, the business community, from other foundations, as well as individual donations and planned gifts and bequests. The Foundation has raised more than $3.1 million since its incorporation including a successful $1.2 million capital campaign to help furnish the new Cupertino Library which was constructed with City funding and opened in 2004.
The Foundation has established an endowment fund for the future financial needs of the Library and has produced a brochure entitled,”How You Can Help the Library through a Planned Gift” with information on planned gifts, gifts of stock, real estate, life insurance, deferred giving, charitable remainder unitrusts, charitable remainder annuities, charitable lead trusts, and bequests. The Foundation also encourages sponsorships, donations and gifts to the Library Enrichments Initiative.
The Foundation’s vision for the Cupertino Library is to encourage life-long learning and self-improvement through the Cupertino Library so that library users of all ages may become more knowledgeable and better informed, more enlightened and more proactive members of the community. The Foundation envisions the Cupertino Library as a world-class public library facility for:
- Children’s Services
- Information Access
- Recreational Reading
- Business Resources
- Diversity in Collections, Services and Programs for Children, Teens, Adults and Senior Citizens
The Cupertino Library Foundation has helped to raise over $3,000,000 to benefit the Cupertino Library and the community
You may have experienced the benefits of the Cupertino Library Foundation…
- If you have enjoyed sitting in one of the comfortable leather or fabric lounge chairs in the new book area
- If you have spread out your library materials on one of the many study tables around the library
- If you have enjoyed sitting outside in the courtyard at one of the bistro tables
- If you have enjoyed a peaceful moment, sitting at a desk in the quiet study room
- If you have shared a book with a child or grandchild, sitting on one of the couches in the beginning reader area
- If you have seen children sitting in the child-size chairs with the seahorse cutouts on them in the picture book area
- If you have rested on the bench across from the aquarium
Then you have experienced at least part of what has been brought to the Library by the Cupertino Library Foundation’s Furnishings Campaign. Learn more about the Foundation’s Library Enrichments Initiative to support ongoing programs.
For more information about the Cupertino Library Foundation, or to find out how you can help with the Foundation’s efforts to enhance library facilities and services, contact the following Cupertino Library Foundation Board Members during regular business hours:
- Eno Schmidt, President, Cupertino Library Foundation
- Mark Fink, Community Librarian, Cupertino Library (408) 446-1677